Middle School Learning Festival – Community Service

In recognition of our school’s 30th anniversary we are celebrating one of our core values – tikkun olam – through service to our planet, our country, our community and our school. The Learning Festival takes place over the course of three school days – two days of workshops and one day of trips when we take a break from the regular curriculum to explore a topic in-depth, across the school.

Workshops this year included sessions with protectors of our community, and organizations represented by current and alumni students and parents. Hands-on workshops included crocheting and knitting by students and parents for Warm-up America, cooking casseroles for shelters (over 40 large casseroles made), crafting Judaic items for seniors for Passover and Shabbat, making cards for soldiers and patients with AIDS, participating in the Butterfly Holocaust Project, and making no-sew blankets for hospitals. Field trips included visiting a local firehouse and the Irvine Nature Center (grade 5); Frisky’s Animal Sanctuary and the Howard County Conservancy (grade 6); touring US Capitol to meet with Senator Ben Cardin (grade 7); Temple Emanuel to assist with providing meals to a shelter supported by the synagogue. Students made over 150 brown bag lunches for a local shelter, then spent the afternoon entertaining seniors at the Stadium Place. The Learning Festival ended with projects that provide service to our school and synagogue community. Projects include repairing siddurim and tallitot, painting and cleaning the woodshop, assisting the kitchen staff, reading and playing with preschool students, labeling books in the library, preparing havdallah kits for the preschool, assisting with the school’s recycling program,